More than $7.6m in storm repairs completed at national parks, gardens

Date posted: 28 September 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

One year after severe storm systems battered the state, more than $7.6 million in repairs have been carried out so far in national parks and gardens.
 
The Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges region bore the brunt of the storms, with more than 360 individual reports of damage in parks and reserves, including Cleland Conservation Park, Onkaparinga River National Park, and Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.
 
About $2.4 million has been spent at Waterfall Gully, repairing damage including a landslide that forced the closure of the heritage-listed Utopia restaurant, and flooding filled the weir pool under First Falls with rock and debris.
 
Other repair works include the replacement of culvert crossings in Blackhill Conservation Park near the collapsed section of Montacute Road, repairs to washed-out fire tracks and walking trails in Anstey Hill Conservation Park and an ongoing project to repair Whites Bridge in Brownhill Creek.
 
Planning is also under way for a new pedestrian crossing to replace the Old Noarlunga swing bridge, which was washed away when the Onkaparinga River flooded. Construction is expected to begin in December.
 
Background
 
Severe storm systems hit the state on 14 and 28-29 September, with strong winds and flooding damaging roads, fire tracks, walking trails, sea walls, buildings, bridges and car parks.
 
Approximately $4.1 million will be invested in further storm repairs over coming months.
 
Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter
 
These storms were described as one-in-50 year events, and repairing the damage has been a huge undertaking requiring careful planning.

It’s very pleasing to see one of our tourism icons, Waterfall Gully, being restored to its former beauty, with accessibility restored for all visitors.

We’ve removed more than 1600 tonnes of rock and sediment from the weir pool and shored up the hillside after the landslide behind Utopia – both massive jobs.
 
We’ve already done $7.6 million dollars of storm repairs across the state’s parks and reserves.
 
As part of this, next month we begin work on a $2.7 million project to reconstruct and realign the Mount Lofty Summit walking trail, a true Adelaide institution that hosts more than 600,000 walkers every year.

I encourage South Australians to take advantage of our warming spring weather to go out and enjoy the improvements and repairs we’ve made to our national parks and gardens. 

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